Spike TV agrees to broadcast deal with K-1
“K-1 is excited to join forces with Spike TV, a powerful and highly experienced cable network known nationally for its combat sports programming, presenting our live K-1 events,” K-1 CEO Doug Kaplan stated. “Spike is the perfect television home and stage to introduce our K-1 warriors and the fast-paced, aggressive style of K-1 fighting to fight fans across America.”
Spike.com broadcasts K-1’s upcoming “K-1 Rising” Heavyweight U.S. Grand Prix on Sept. 8. Additional 2012 events include an Oct. 14 event in Tokyo and December fight cards in Athens and New York. Like Bellator, the promotion’s events switch to Spike TV in 2013.
Spike TV promises to broadcast each event’s full fight card, as well as the prior day’s weigh-ins and locker-room interviews on the night of the event.